Nose has an interesting, tangy fruit quality, very light smoke.
Palate is a tasty Port Ellen, not unexpected, but there's just a little bit of magic in here for me that maked me excited. Has something to do with peaches, with a sweet halo despite the age and oak. Very drinkable stuff for 55+%, impressively so. Though it doesn't quite meet the fanfare of a commemorative bottling, it's great and enjoyable.
Nose: Grass, moldy hay, white wine and hard cider, suprisingly little peat. Palate: It's sweet and salty, lumps of coal but not much smoke, some apple wood, lots of malt and quite hot. Water brings out the smoke and brine. Despite all of these elements, there is a certain flatness to it. The finish is where the smoke and traditional Islay flavor profile reside.
This is a really interesting Port Ellen; the nose is really delightful and the palate in interesting but it's lacking balance and a bit flat. More interesting than enjoyable.
N: Delicious farmy peat, with some adhesive / band-aid notes. Some grassy / floral notes, lavender. P: Light and syrupy, a very sweet peat in an older style. Has a certain tang to it, not spicy but resinous, tea oil. F: Marshmallow lingers, very drinkable.
This is the style I like in peated whiskies these days.